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Tibetan dies after blaze protest

A Tibetan exile who set himself on fire in India in protest at a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao has died hours before the leader's expected arrival in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Indian police were holding hundreds of other activists without charge.

Jamphel Yeshi set himself on fire in front of news media on Monday. He has since died from his burns in a New Delhi hospital.

There have been about 30 such immolations over the past year in ethnic Tibetan areas of China in protest at Chinese rule.

Mr Hu was due to arrive for a summit with India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.

Indian police have surrounded Tibetan enclaves in New Delhi and made hundreds of arrests.

Among those arrested was poet Tenzin Tsundue, a prominent activist from the Himalayan region.


From Belfast Telegraph